Smith Mountain Lake - Fishing

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Nestled amidst the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke, Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake offers unparalleled fishing opportunities in a breathtaking natural setting. Spanning over 20,000 acres with more than 500 miles of shoreline, this reservoir boasts a diverse ecosystem, making it a prime destination for anglers of all levels. At Smith Mountain Lake, anglers can target prized catches such as largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and catfish. Whether you're casting topwater lures along rocky shorelines or trolling deep waters for stripers, the lake provides a variety of fishing experiences to suit every preference. From tranquil coves to expansive open waters, there are countless fishing hotspots to explore throughout the lake. With abundant submerged structures like fallen trees and brush piles, anglers have ample opportunities to test their skills and reel in their next big catch. Discover the joys of fishing at Smith Mountain Lake and plan your adventure today amidst the beauty of Virginia's stunning landscapes.

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  • Directions: Smith Mountain Lake is southeast of downtown Roanoke and can be reached from multiple directions. Visitors can take Route 24 east through Vinton to reach the lake, Route 116 south over Windy Gap Mountain to Route 122 to the lake, or south on US 220 to Rocky Mount and then Route 40 east to the lake.
  • Major Access Routes: Hwy. 122, Rt. 24, Rt. 40
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Fishing, Boating, Water Sports, Hiking
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open